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Afghan Royal Palace

The old Royal Palace in Afghanistan is a bombed out shell of a building which must have been quite impressive in its time. The palace was designed by a French architect and originally built in 1923 by King Amanullah. The…

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Sunday, 10th July 2005

Oktoberfest, Munich

Despite the title, the annual “Oktoberfest” takes place each September in Theresienwiese, Munich. You can see the large tents being constructed where Germans and tourists will sit at enormous long tables and drink beer by the litre. If things haven’t…

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Thursday, 30th June 2005

Kawasaki Man-Made Island

Updated The Kawasaki Man-Made Island is in the middle of an undersea tunnel between Kisarazu City and Kawasaki City across the Tokyo bay. Apparently they started boring the tunnel from the island towards each side. Thanks: Daryl, Callum, Benet, Alex,…

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Tuesday, 28th June 2005

Desert Farming

Check out these bizarre circles of farmland smack-bang in the middle of the Libyan desert. This unlikely-seeming sight has been made possible by the construction of the Great Man Made River, possibly the largest water transport system ever built, consisting…

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Monday, 27th June 2005

Teotihuacán

This is the ancient city of Teotihuacán, Mexico. Construction of the city began around 300 BC, with the Pyramid of the Sun (shown in our thumbnail) finished by 150 BC. The Pyramid of the sun sits in front of the…

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Monday, 27th June 2005

Gibraltar

Gibraltar is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom on the southern tip of Spain. I visited Gibraltar while on a Spanish holiday a few years back and, just like the rest of the UK, it rained a lot. We’ll…

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Monday, 27th June 2005

Welcome to Google Sightseeing

Google Sightseeing takes you on a tour of the world as seen from satellite, using the free Google Earth program, or Google Maps in your web browser. Our team of authors present weird and wonderful sights as suggested by readers.

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Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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